Bulimia Nervosa Overview

What is Bulimia Nervosa?

Bulimia nervosa – better known as "bulimia" – is an eating disorder characterized by patterns of bingeing (consuming a large amount of food in a short amount of time) and purging (eliminating calories consumed).

The most common forms of purging with bulimia include:

  • Vomiting

  • Laxative use

  • Diuretic use

  • Excessive exercise

Bulimia is a debilitating condition that is commonly accompanied one or more serious mental health conditions like:

Bulimia symptoms are generally accompanied by a negative body image — in other words, people with bulimia often have an unhealthy relationship with their body size, weight and shape. They also tend to have obsessive and intrusive thoughts about food and eating.

You can recover from bulimia

While bulimia is a very serious illness, the good news is that bulimia can be treated. Without treatment, those suffering with bulimia will experience serious health risks that can have long-lasting effects.

If you are interested in learning more about treatment for eating disorders, including bulimia, we can help. Our eating disorder treatment centers across the nation provide specialized bulimia treatment for diverse patients of all ages and at all levels of care.

We encourage you to call us at 877-825-8584 so we can help you or your loved one begin the healing process.


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